Meet the Catch

Our vessels fish for only 4 pelagic (midwater) species – mackerel – herring – horse mackerel – blue whiting.  All of our catches are from sustainable stocks and are frozen at sea and landed packed in polythene and then outer cardboard cartons.

Mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

Mackerel is an important food eaten worldwide. As an oily fish, it is a rich source of long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids

We have MSC Accreditation for the Western Mackerel stock

  • Mackerel is found in the northern part of the North sea and west of Scotland and Ireland
  • In January the mackerel off the Shetland Islands becomes of importance to the fishing fleet. From there, the mackerel gradually goes south.

Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

Horse Mackerel can be found in the north eastern Atlantic from Iceland to Senegal, including the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands.

  • Horse mackerel is mostly caught in the waters off Scotland and Ireland, in the Gulf of Biscay and, since 1996, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Mauritania
  • The female produces up to 140.000 pelagic eggs
  • One of the most important pelagic species for the freezer-trawler fleet. Horse mackerel is a bony fish that is mostly exported to the Russian, Nigerian and Japanese markets

Blue Whiting (Micromesistius poutassou)

A lot of EU Blue Whiting catch goes to fish meal factories, but all of North Atlantic Fishing Company's catch goes directly for human consumption.

We have MSC Accreditation for the Northern Blue Whiting stock

  • Blue Whiting lives in the open ocean at depths of 100 - 1000 metres
  • The female produces 6.000 - 150.000 eggs
  • Often found above the continental slope, mainly at depths of 150 - 400 metres